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The Fridge is Dead

December 20th, 2013 at 02:18 am

The fridge is now registering at 60 degrees F. This is so frustrating. I just did not want to spend my Appliance Fund money for a fridge. I wanted to use it to buy a chest freezer. Now it looks like we have no choice. I just wish we hadn't spent the money on new gaskets now.

We saw a fridge that I liked and was more or less in our price range at Best Buy. But we are going to look at a locally owned appliance store, too, because I prefer to frequent local over box store when we can and if price is not too prohibitive.

I probably lost about $120 worth of food. We kept any condiment that had vinegar in it, like ketchup, pickles, steak sauce and mustard, and threw out salad dressings, mayonnaise, and picante sauce. We threw out all our pizza topping meats (prosciutto, pepperoni, Canadian bacon, salami) which I had just stocked up on. I had to throw out a pound of organic sausage and a package of bacon from the ranch. I also had an $20 ham that was going to be going into the crockpot, some leftover turkey necks from a big batch I did earlier in the week. We had to throw out a quart of goat milk, a bottle of lactaid milk, and a 1/2 gallon of milk from the local dairy that bottles in actual bottles.

Plus there was two cups of beef left of my home canned beef, 2 cups of leftover spaghetti, leftover meatballs, a package of uncured all natural beef hotdogs, a package of organic gelatin cups, 2 cups of natural peanut butter, my yeast, a bunch of green onions, 3 partially used 1/2 pints of applesauce, a bunch of kale, and a head of cauliflower.

What I was able to save were 2 leeks, a bag of carrots, 3 heads of broccoli, a purple cabbage, a jalapeno, a bunch of cilantro, a lime, a dozen oranges, and 2 apples. Also 2 bags of mozzarella cheese, 1 bag of cheddar cheese, 1 2 pound block of cheddar cheese, 1 8 oz block of extra sharp cheddar cheese, string cheese, gouda, parmesan and romano. I was also able to save all of my jams and jellies, but two that had been opened.

So everything we had left is crowded in the spare fridge that my mom and I both use. I am just really grateful the freezer is still working and that I have so much canned meat. Who knows when I'll get my freezer now. Maybe when we get our tax refund I can take some of that money and do it.

I'll have to find freezer space for what is in the fridge freezer at the worst possible time as we have to slaughter 13 rabbits in the next week and I hadn't been planning on canning it all. In fact I'd wanted to freeze at least half and then grind another quarter of the meat up for burger. Maybe if I pull out all the roasts and can them...I guess we'll see. But with 62 rabbits now in residence the one thing I can't do is put off slaughtering any longer.

7 Responses to “The Fridge is Dead”

  1. Lee Says:

    Pull the fridge out and put your head down by the compressor and see if it's running. If it is not running there is a very good chance your problem is the start device which is the part on the side of the compressor that the power wires go into and is held on by a wire clip. If you take if off and shake it and hear parts rattling around inside the start device is definitely bad. There are videos on start device replacement on youtube. Hope this helps.

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    I hope Lee's advice helps you and if you have to buy a fridge I hope it is reasonably priced and can be delivered soon!

  3. ThriftoRama Says:

    Ugh. I know hoe frustrating it is. In the past 12 months, we've had to unexpectedly replace the washing machine, dryer, garbage disposal, and now the range hood microwave. It's one thing after another, and it is certainly not satisfying spending money on things you weren't planning for.

    I would maybe call an appliance parts place and ask for their advice. We have a place that sells parts, and they will diagnose it for you on the phone and let you know if it's worth fixing. They've been spot on every single time and at least helped us keep our washer going for another 3 months!

  4. Susan Says:

    In my opinion you should buy a cheap used refrigerator off Craigslist. You are hoping to move soon and you could very well need a new refrigerator in your new house and you can't know what size will fit yet. A new one you buy now might not fit.

  5. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    How frustrating! I hope you're able to figure out a fix, or find a cheap replacement.

  6. SicilyYoder Says:

    I had this happen at least half a dozen times, and that's why I bought an extra refrigerator.

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